Crane chooses not to run for third term in May

HOLLYWOOD — Two publicists will vie for the presidency of the Publicists Guild of America now that Ed Crane, who completes his second term in May, has chosen not to run again.

Fran Zell, publicity director for 20th Century Fox Intl., and veteran agency publicist Julian Myers will face off in the upcoming elections, according to nominating committee chairman Henri Bollinger.

As of May, all officers and board members will serve three-year terms rather than two, conforming to new rules established at the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees convention in Toronto last summer.

Ballots for this year’s Publicists Guild elections will be mailed to members April 10 and are due back April 23.

Other candidates on the nominating committee’s slate include: Dan Doran, from ABC, who will run unopposed for a second term as first vice-president; Kevin McDonald (CBS), Sheryl Main (Warner Bros.) and Gaye Ann Bruno (CBS) for western VP; freelance publicist Ted Albert, running unopposed for a third term as eastern VP; and Jess Garcia (Warner Bros.) unopposed for a third term as treasurer.

Running for trustee slots are: Kira Calmette-Feola (Sony Pictures), Jan Craft (20th Century Fox Film Corp.), Hollace Davids (Universal Pictures), Joan Eisenberg (unit publicist), Pam Golum (Lippin Group), Mary Hunter (Warner Bros.), Arlene Ludwig (Disney), Tim Menke (Paramount) and Jack Scanlan (field publicist).

Candidates for recording secretary are Sylvi Brown, Bob Garon, Linda Jo Loftus, Doreen Martin and Leonard Morpurgo, all of whom are independent publicists.

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